We the People ... United in Praise
- Singers must be 18 years or older as of February 12, 2010.
- Singers must be members in good standing of their Sponsor's
- Singers must be sponsored by a current ACDA member OR a
professional guest member, i.e. AGO, Chorister's Guild etc.
(referenced as "Sponsor" in all Festival Chorus materials). Sponsor
membership will be verified by organization membership number.
- If current ACDA members or professional guests wish to
participate as singers in the Festival Chorus, they should denote
themselves as Sponsor on the application.
- Singers are responsible for all expenses incurred, including the
registration fee ($75.00), and any transportation costs or hotel
- Singers must be thoroughly prepared on all
music prior to arrival.
- The complete application includes an application form including
a sponsor's signature. Send all application forms to:
Kenneth R. Steele
22 Greenbrook Drive
Marlton, NJ 08053-1952
You may also download and email the form to
- Singers should plan to arrive at the First Baptist Church, 123
South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA no later than 8:30 am on
February 12, 2010 and remain until 6:30 pm the same day.
8:00am -9:00am Registration
9:00am -11:45am Rehearsal
11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch with Craig Courtney
1:00pm - 3:00pm Rehearsal
3:00pm - 4:00pm Combined Rehearsal
4:00pm - 5:00pm Dress for Concert
5:00 pm - 6:15pm Interfaith Worship Service
- Sponsors are responsible for the thorough musical preparation of
the selected singer(s), as well as timely and accurate communication
with the participants.
- All correspondence will be sent to singers and their Sponsors.
The majority of information will be communicated by email and/or be
posted on the website. Sponsors and singers may check
www.acdaeast.org regularly for
- All music will be mailed to the Sponsor, and the sponsor will
distribute it to the selected singers.
- Literature for "UNITED IN PRAISE" FESTIVAL CHORUS, PHILA.,
*Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
- Vaughn Williams (Lorenz - S420)
organ, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones
*Those Who Wait on the Lord - Craig
Courtney (Beckenhorst - BP1389)
organ, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones
FESTIVAL CHORUS ANTHEMS
And the Glory of the Lord - Handel (G.
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need -
Courtney (Beckenhorst - BP1729)
The Time for Turning - Courtney
(Lorenz - 10/3621L)
A Lord-Built House - Lentz
(Beckenhorst - BP1278)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(Lawson-Gould), catalog # - LG00984-D
arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker
*Thou Art God! - Beck (Beckenhorst -
organ, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones
- Music should be placed in a black 3-ring binder for the
rehearsals and worship service.
- The registration fee for each singer will be $75.00. This
includes the workshops and rehearsals, music packet, lunch and
- Festival Chorus registration will be waived for those ACDA
members or professional guests who register for the full division
conference and are selected as chorus members.
- The $75.00 registration fee DOES NOT include
any transportation, parking or hotel costs.
G. Hotel accommodations
- Singers wishing overnight accommodations on Thursday evening,
Friday evening, and/or Saturday evening may reserve rooms at the
ACDA Conference rate. Click on the following link for detailed
information and reservation instructions:
Hotels and Hotel Reservations
H. Additional Conference Events
- Tickets for Friday evening's performance at the Kimmel Center
conducted by Helmuth Rilling and tickets
for the all-conference reception and concert by
Singing City on Saturday evening may
be purchased separately by Festival Chorus participants. More
information will be available Fall 2009 at
-- Additional Links --
A native of Indiana, Craig Courtney began playing the piano at the age
of three and the cello at the age of eleven. He received a Bachelors and
a Masters in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, studying
piano under Raymond Dudley and chamber music under Walter Levin of the
Following a three-year stay in Milan, Italy, where Mr. Courtney
studied the piano with Illonka Deckers, performed for the Associazione
Musicale "Gustav Mahler", and worked extensively as a vocal coach, he
was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in
Salzburg, Austria, serving as piano teacher and accompanist for the
woodwind and brass department.
It was during this six-year period, while serving in the music
ministry of the Salzburg International Baptist Church, that Mr. Courtney
began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music, due to
the unavailability of English language music.
In 1985, his compositions came to the attention of John Ness Beck,
through the publication of his octavo, Thy Will Be Done,
initiating a close working relationship between the two men which
continued until Mr. Beck's death in 1987. In making plans for the
ongoing business of Beckenhorst Press, Mr. Beck appointed Craig Courtney
to assume his responsibilities as staff composer and editor.
At this point in time, Mr. Courtney's published works include over
70 sacred choral octavos, five vocal collections, and four extended
works for choir and orchestra. Compositionally, Mr. Courtney combines
his training and background as a pianist, cellist, vocal coach,
accompanist, and a choral director to create works that bear his unique
In demand throughout the country as a choral clinician and featured
composer, Craig Courtney now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife,
Susan, and his three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Nathan.
Joshua Stafford, Organ Accompaniment
Stafford is full scholarship student at the prestigious Curtis Institute
of Music where he is a fourth year student of Alan Morrison. In October
20008, he was appointed Assistant Director of Music at the Church of the
Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA, where he works closely with the Bryn Mawr
Boychoir and Girlchoir as well as the Redeemer and Chancel choirs.
Joshua has performed recitals across the country, including postlude
concerts for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and
l'Orchestre National de France on the country's largest new concert hall
organ at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. He has also been a regular
performer on the world's largest outdoor organ, the Massey Memorial
Organ at Chautauqua Institution, and the world's largest organ, the
Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's in Philadelphia. In may 2007,
Joshua traveled with the Curtis organ department to Paris, France, where
he had the rare opportunity to play many of the city's beautiful and
historic organs, including an evening at the famous organ of Notre Dame
A native of Jamestown, NY, Joshua began piano studies at the age of six.
His interest in the organ was sparked at a Pipe Organ Excursion held by
the Chautauqua AGO chapter that he attended at the age of ten. Joshua's
previous teachers include Jared Jacobsen of Chautauqua Institution, and
James Bigham of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Buffalo, NY. Former positions
include Organist of St. Luke's Episcopal in Jamestown, NY, and the
Episcopal Church of St. John in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and Organ Scholar at
the historic Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA.
Thomas Berdos, Piano
R. Berdos earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and
the Master of Music degree in Music Performance at the University of Lowell,
where he was the winner of the university’s 1981 Concerto Competition.
He has performed as a pianist in Asia, South America, and in locations
throughout the United States. He has taught on the
faculties of Franklin Pierce College,
and Bergen Community College. Mr. Berdos is on
the music faculty of The Pingry School in Short Hills, NJ, where he also
maintains a private piano studio. Mr. Berdos has served on
numerous occasions as a guest conductor at the Ocean Grove Choir
Festivals in Ocean Grove, NJ.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Berdos has published a number
of works for solo piano and piano ensemble. He is on the advisory
board of the New Jersey Youth Chorus, and serves the ACDA as the
New Jersey R&S Chair for Music in Worship.
Mr. Berdos is the Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian
Church in Mendham, NJ.
Working together with his organist wife Deborah Berdos, he conducts the
Sanctuary Choir and other choral and instrumental ensembles. Mr.
and Mrs. Berdos have held music ministry positions at a number of
churches on the East Coast and in the Midwest. They make their home in Chatham, NJ.
For further information, contact Ken Steele at